Through our research programs, we invest in innovative, evidence-based projects with the potential to improve patient care as well as deliver economic benefits to the healthcare system. Within two years, much of the research we fund will impact the way Australians are cared for in a medical emergency. That’s because we prioritise research with the potential to improve clinical practices in the short-term and we embed translation into our programs.
EMF runs two research programs, a national Rural and Remote program and a highly successful Queensland program.
|National Rural and Remote Program||Access to care in rural and remote areas is uniquely challenging. Delays in providing care can contribute to poor outcomes for ill and injured Australians. We aim to make a difference and address these real and immediate challenges. In 2014, EMF launched its inaugural national Rural and Remote grant round, offering $100,000 in research grants. We received 160 grant applications totaling $11.7 million from some of Australia’s leading researchers who identified opportunities to address these challenges in rural and remote regions. With funding, we hope to open further grant rounds for this valuable program.|
|Queensland Program||Operating since 2007, this program was established as a Queensland Government response to broader issues of high workloads in emergency departments, and the increasing demands of treating large numbers of critically ill patients. In less than a decade, this program is improving patient care and healthcare services as well as increasing emergency medicine research capability.|
To help build inter-agency relations and research collaboration opportunities, in 2016-17, EMF became an Associate Member of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) – the main body representing the mental health sector in Queensland; and an Associate Member of Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), which is the national peak body representing and supporting providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living.